USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) hosted more than 3,000 Distinguished Visitors (DV), public visitors and members of the media during the ship's Western Pacific deployment in 2006.
Throughout the deployment, Abe Sailors showed their hospitality through tours, ship visitations, and the overnight program for DVs, which is designed to give guests a taste of Navy life underway.
Lincoln showed visitors how Sailors from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 join with ship's company to form a cohesive unit.
During the deployment, Abe hosted guests from the nations of Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Australia.
"This was a great opportunity for this firsthand view of the professionalism of the crew of Lincoln," said Brig. Gen. Vikra Goswani of India's Joint Operations and Planning office during his visit aboard Lincoln.
Other visitors brought aboard included 400 DVs and media in Hong Kong; 380 DVs and media from Thailand; 600 DVs and visitors from Singapore; 600 DVs, media and visitors from Japan; 16 DVs from Brunei and 1,000 visitors from Hawaii.
Lincoln hosted these guests during exercises throughout the deployment, including 21 DVs and media during the JMSDF Undersea Warfare Exercise, 48 DVs and media during Foal Eagle, 11 DVs during Valiant Shield and 100 DVs during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).
"The face-to-face interaction helps with the communications barrier," said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Mills, from DESRON 9.
Lincoln is currently participating in RIMPAC 2006. RIMPAC includes ships and personnel from the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, the Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom. This exercise trains U.S. allied forces to be interoperable and ready for a wide range of potential combined operations and missions.
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